Big surprise 40th party shocks Lisa
One lady with a major surprised look on her face last Saturday night was Lisa Duffy from O'Hanlon Park who arrived out to the Dowdallshill Clubrooms thinking she was going to a surprise party, only to find husband Sean, kids Seanín, Emma, Daniel, parents and sister Kevin, Margaret and Jacqueline Conlon from Hughes Park and a huge collection of family and friends were waiting to celebrate her 40th birthday with a major party.
I met up with Lisa who is the Assistant Secretary with Na Piarsaigh and is also involved with the Louth Ladies Under 16s who told me she hadn't a clue it was organised and wanted to thank everyone and also wanted a big shout out to all the gang in New York, too numerous to mention saying 'you all know who you are'!
I then decided to have a look round and first met up with Mary O'Connor from Bay Estate and Orla Callan from Faughart who wanted to wish Lisa a very happy 40th and wanted to say 'come on the hoops'.
Next I met up with John Conlon from Doolargy avenue who wanted a big shout out for him mate Gareth Mulley who couldn't make it to the party.
Not too long later I got talking to two of Lisa's cousins and they were Anthony Taaffe and Bernadette Dermody from O'Hanlon Park who were with their respective better halves Karen and John who wanted to wish Lisa all the best and wanted to thank Gina Dermody for the lift out to the party.
After this I headed over for a word with Martina Dixon from Riverside Drive and Karlene Dullaghan from O'Hanlon Park who told me they were there to party and make it am mad one.
Not too long later I met up with Chelsie Rafferty from The Quay who told me her mum Michelle Rogers is Lisa's bestie. She was sitting with Emma Duffy from O'Hanlon Park who was with boyfriend Ryan Coburn from Kilcurry who were up for making it a great party.
Heading for another table I then got talking to cousins Barry Magill from Knockbridge and David Boland from saltown who were there to make it a massive night with their favourite cousin.
I then headed for a table where I caught up with Owenie, Marie and Deirdre Hanratty from Mountain View who assured me it was going to be an epic night because they were eventually getting to spend their rebate from Irish Water!
They were sitting with the Hollywood family from Newry and they included aunty Teresa, Sean, Tara, Terri-Anne and Sean-Patrick who wanted to wish Lisa all the best on her big night.
Making my way through the crowds I managed a few words with Maria Wykes from O'Hanlon Park and Michelle Doyle from Marian Park who wanted to wish their friend all the best on her birthday celebrations.
Seated close by were Mary Barry and uncle Jim McGuinness from Bay Estate who wanted to wish Lisa a very happy 40th and they'd try their hardest to make the best of the party!
Heading for another table I then met up with Paul Lennon and Alan Joyce both from Castletown Road, Robbie McCabe from Coxes Demesne, Rosemary Reenan and Eamonn Duffy from Seafield Lawns, Seanín Duffy from Oaklawns, Donna Dawe and Stephen Rice both from Ashling Park who were having a totally mad night together.
Not too long later I then got talking to Michelle Roger from Barrack Street who was with Aine Gorham from Brook Street, Lucy Rafferty from Muirhevnamor and Chelsie Rafferty from Barrack Street who were there to party and were certainly going to.
They were sitting with Serena McCabe from Mulholland Avenue and Aileen Lennon from Castletown Road who were in good form and looking forward to an epic night.
Finally, before I departed I caught up with Valerie Lawless from Ladywell Square who was with Michelle Carroll from McSwiney Street who were both in party mode and Valerie wanted a big shout out for all the McCourts and Foleys in Boston!